Definition of profligate
- profligate spending
- leading a profligate life
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She was very profligate in her spending.
profligate movie producers hoping to create the next blockbuster
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First Known Use: 1617See Words from the same year
a profligate who could not really afford the grand style he maintained at Monticello, Jefferson died deeply in debt
a drunken profligate, he was given to wretched excess in every aspect of his life
: carelessly and foolishly wasting money, materials, etc. : very wasteful
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